Santa Ana — Council Approves EA
The Santa Ana City Council has approved an environmental report for a proposed modern streetcar line, according to an Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) news release posted by the Orange County Breeze site.The four-mile line, using abandoned Pacific Electric interurban trolley right of way to
Garden Grove, would cost an estimated $250 with the design phase to begin
later this year. Construction is expected to begin in 2017 with operation targeted for 2019. About 6,000 daily riders
are expected by 2035.
With the environment impact report completed, OCTA can now take the lead on project implementation.
The line is designed to provide “last-mile” transportation for passengers traveling from the transportation hubs to work, retail, and recreational areas in the heart of Orange County.
“This is a major milestone in our efforts to improve transportation not only in Santa Ana but throughout Orange County,” said Santa Ana Mayor and OCTA Director Miguel Pulido.
"The streetcar system will be the first in the county and allow residents, employees and visitors to more easily travel and at the same time we expect this will stimulate economic development along the route.
"We are excited to see the project continue on this path and look forward to working closely with OCTA and the city of Garden Grove as our shared vision becomes a reality.”